Note: In order to understand why I assign the Argonauts the epithet that I do, the reader may follow the links below. Let me remark preliminarily that it is very fitting for the linked article to have been penned by someone with such a nom de plume.
Imagine a group of superheroes, each with their own special power, traveling around on wild, improbable adventures. There is the guy who can fly, another with super strength and yet another fellow with a secret, unbeatable weapon. And of course there is also the captain of the team, usually an “all around good guy” who’s almost an everyman… if it wasn’t for his quick-witted thinking and problem solving.
This is the Argonauts, a fantastic ancient Greek gang, complete with a cool name and trusty boat to speed them on their way…
and then contrasted:
Some superhero stories feature perfect wonder men or women, conquering the world and beating the bad guys. Other legends include characters with tragic flaws, which lead to their ultimate demise. While another category portrays bigger than life stars with pathetically human traits. Jason and the Argonauts fulfill this last description…
Mythical heroes do resemble superheroes. The comparison bears many points of similarity, in fact, and I submit that any educated person could enumerate them without too much effort, if he or she had to review them both, say, for a timed essay on a standardized test. For this reason, I will omit a list for the time being. The contrasts might require some measure of additional effort, since the essayist must make a more incisive use of his or her intellect, and I can be prevailed upon to provide such a list, too, on some later date.
For now, my purposes limit me to observing three facts: first, that a blogger on Classical Wisdom Weekly has made the comparison (the site’s by-line is “Ancient Wisdom for Modern Minds”); second, that the blogger uses the name plato (the name is uncapitalized); and third, that plato, in another part of the same article and in a parallel introduction, strikes a contrast between Jason and the Argonauts and superheroes.
What study may be made of these facts remains unconcluded.